A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a
Highly Qualified Individual.
This position has been approved for the Education Debt Reduction
Program. Please refer to the "Duties Section below" for more
This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off
date is 1/15/2021. Additional applications will be referred as
needed. Applicants will be referred based on location as vacancies
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NOTE: This vacancy is being recruited for as Psychologist,
Senior Social Worker, and Licensed Professional Mental Health
Counselor. Please see "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for
details on all occupations being considered for this recruitment
- NOTE: Applicant Expiration: Applicants will remain active for 3
months after their initial application is received and/or updated.
After that time you must update your application through your
USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for
possible consideration during the open period.
The Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP)
Psychologist, is administratively within Psychology Service Line
within the Mental Health Service Line. The incumbent functions as
part of a multidisciplinary general mental health team, diagnoses
and treats mental disorders, conducts psychological and cognitive
assessments, and provides consultation to other providers regarding
mental disorders. The core of the incumbent's duties is general
service delivery for a wide range of mental and emotional concerns,
especially treatment of, and consultation on, disorders considered
to be serious mental illnesses (e.g., mood disorders, personality
disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders); whereas, mental
disorders of mood, anxiety, and trauma-adjustment of mild to
moderate severity, can often be treated within Primary Care Mental
Health Integration (PCMHI). The Incumbent is expected to conduct
treatment sessions that are generally 30 to 45 minutes in length
and can span in number from 12 to 20 visits for most concerns.
Overall treatment duration of personality disorders can span from
between 12 to 24 months. The BHIP Psychologist can expect to treat
6-8 patients per day and will coordinate with providers of various
disciplines for completion of intakes and treatment plans with
May have limited responsibility for and oversight of the
administrative and programmatic resources of various clinical
programs within the VATVCBHCS.
May assist in coordinating programming within the various mental
health programs with psychology Program Managers as well as with
discipline supervisors of affected staff assigned to these
- May serve as the representative for Psychology Service on
various Psychology Service, Mental Health Service Line, System, or
VISN administrative committees or work groups.
Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including
the use of psychological testing for major and secondary
psychological disorders for patients within VATVCBHCS in areas of
Performs psychological evaluations for individuals with mental
health and medical disorders for purposes of diagnostic
clarification and treatment planning recommendations. These
evaluations employ a comprehensive diagnostic interview, review of
available records, collateral contact when available, as well as
objective and cognitive tests when indicated.
Provides a range of psychological therapeutic interventions with
individuals with mental health and medical disorders with an
emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based
treatments for common disorders.
Consults with and serves as a resource for other professional
personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of, and development
of psychological services in VATVCBHCS.
- May be asked to assist in the selection, training, and
supervision staff at lower grade within assigned program area,
Psychology Service, or VATVCBHCS
May serve as a clinical supervisor for psychology pre-doctoral
interns, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral level graduate
practicum students in psychology and other related disciplines.
May prepare and teach seminars/workshops for VATVCBHCS
trainees/staff on topics within interest/competency areas.
May serve as a member of various VATVCBHCS Mental Health,
VATVCBHCS, and/or VISN committees.
May choose to conduct approved psychological research that
supports the mission of VATVCBHCS alone or in collaboration with
other professional in VATVCBHCS or affiliated academic
- May choose to apply for a faculty appointment at the University
of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction
Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If
selected for this position, you must meet specific individual
eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply
for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount
and program start date is determined after review of a complete
EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education
Loan Repayment Services office. If selected for this position,
please contact the facility EDRP Coordinator.
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
are met. *HPTs who are on track to graduate/complete the
requirements should respond as if they have met the requirements.
Provide details in the narrative sections of the assessment.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement,
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- English Language Proficiency Requirement - Per VA Handbook
5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will
be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to
serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not
proficient in written and spoken English.
- Education Requirement - You must have a doctoral degree in
psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the
American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological
Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian
Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was
completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with
the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR, have
a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition,
successfully completed a re-specialization program meeting both of
the following conditions: a) the re-specialization program must be
completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b)
the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the
assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree
awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited
institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in
- Internship Requirement - You must have successfully completed a
professional psychology internship training program that was
accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and
that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is
to be employed; OR, New VHA psychology internship programs that are
in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in
fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such
programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director
for Psychology and the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the
time that the individual was an intern; OR, VHA facilities that
offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL
96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of
the internship requirement; OR, Applicants who completed an
internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the
program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if
they are currently board certified by the American Board of
Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with
the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE:
Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board
certification). NOTE: Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded
between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with
a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this
internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year
supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable
to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience
is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant
must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that
the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was
completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program.
- Licensure: Candidates must hold a full, current, and
unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level
in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or the
District of Columbia. Exception: Non-licensed applicants who
otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a
temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or
GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (c)(2)(B) for a
period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the
condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the
supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain
licensure during that period is justification for termination of
the temporary appointment.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering
Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this
occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in
- VA or DOD experience.
- Psychological assessment experience.
- Experience incorporating outcomes measures into treatment.
- Experience with evidence-based psychotherapies.
- Experience in outpatient general mental health clinics.
- Full, unrestricted license.
GS-11 Staff Psychologist (Entry Level): Experience. None beyond
the basic requirements.
GS-12 Staff Psychologist (Developmental Level): Experience. At
least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist
equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who
are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed
psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11
grade level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate
must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional
psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of
Ability to design and implement effective treatment
Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and
implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with
specified research job duties).
- Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and
research execution within the context of an established research
team, including research participant relations, research
documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and
GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level): Experience.
At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with
at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the
experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following
Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological
treatments to the full range of patient populations.
Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas
related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
- Knowledge of clinical research literature.
- Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree
experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the
duties performed. Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Postdoctoral
fellowships or residencies are training programs in an advanced
area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow or resident is
considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year
References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part
II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be
found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of GS-11 to GS-13.
Physical Requirements: Light Lifting/Carrying under 15 pounds;
reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required;
walking/standing (up to 1 hour); far vision correctable in one eye
to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth
perception; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional
stability; cognitive stability.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
The doctoral degree must be fully accredited by the American
Psychological Association (APA) https://accreditation.apa.org/accredited-programs,
the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)
https://www.pcsas.org/, or the
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) https://cpa.ca/accreditation/cpaaccreditedprograms/
at the time the program was completed.
NOTE: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in
existence, you must provide this information in your
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities,
schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal
employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification
requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency
with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
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